SEX-UCA­TION!

CLEO (Malaysia) - - LOVE & SEX SPECIAL -

1 STAMINA

Ever won­dered how you can touch your­self for 20 min­utes with­out get­ting a se­ri­ous arm ache, yet writ­ing so much as three sen­tences feels like you’ve bro­ken your wrist? It’s your brain’s do­ing. “Part of the on­set of or­gasm is the block­age of pain,” ex­plains Dr Komis­aruk (mak­ing your brain a bit like your sex-arm’s sports coach.)

2MENSTRUAL MOOD

Did you know li­bido peaks when you’re ovu­lat­ing (the time mid­way be­tween two pe­ri­ods)? “Oe­stro­gen and pro­ges­terone lev­els af­fect the lim­bic brain, which is in­volved with li­bido,” psy­chi­a­trist Dr Daniel G. Amen, au­thor of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, ex­plains. “Since both th­ese hor­mones shift dur­ing a woman’s cy­cle, she gen­er­ally is more re­cep­tive dur­ing the middle of the cy­cle when she is most fer­tile.” And just to clar­ify, ‘re­cep­tive­ness’ in­cludes not just an in­creased in­ter­est in sex, but also a greater sat­is­fac­tion from or­gasm. Yep, so mark those cal­en­dars, ladies!

3 SEX FACE

We might not be giv­ing thanks for this, but it is part of the plea­sure process. Step for­ward, basal gan­glia (which sounds like a kind of In­dian curry, but is ac­tu­ally a key plea­sure area of the brain). “The basal gan­glia are flooded with dopamine dur­ing an or­gasm,” Dr Amen says. “It is the same area in­volved in in­te­grat­ing emo­tion with mo­tor move­ments, which is why we jump when we get ex­cited, freeze when we are scared and – yes – look weird dur­ing an or­gasm.”

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